JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Coretta Scott King traveled into the troubled black township of Soweto today for an emotional meeting with Winnie Mandela, two days after gaining favor with South Africa's black-rights militants by canceling a session with President Pieter W. Botha.
Fighting back tears, King and Mandela embraced on the tiny lawn of Mandela's brick bungalow in the heart of the sprawling township that has been racked by years of political violence.
"This has been one of the most emotional moments in my life. . . . I feel that part of my destiny has been fulfilled," the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. told reporters.
"I feel a great blessing to finally meet Winnie and touch her," she added.
Mandela, whose husband, Nelson, the black nationalist leader, has been imprisoned for 24 years, said King was a symbol to South African blacks struggling for political rights.